Danbury Country Park

Clearing with wooden bench seating surrounded by autumn trees - Danbury Country Park, near Chelmsford, Essex

“Very well kept woodland, great for a dog walk and well provided in terms of picnic areas. The lakes are full of ducks and our kids very much enjoyed looking at the old trees.” – Review from Trip Advisor

Collage of autumn woodland and lake pictures from Danbury Country Park
Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows.

The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.

Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice collected from the lakes in winter was stored for the palace kitchens.

The lakeside path takes you past the ornamental gardens and alongside tranquil waters, where you can see ducks, carp, moorhens, coots, grebes and sometimes a kingfisher.

Late spring is a good time to see ducklings and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects. Woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.

Map of Danbury Country Park


8am - dusk

Danbury Country Park
Woodhill Road

01245 222350



Wild Wednesday

17 February, 30 March, 6 April, 1 June, 27 July, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 26 October 2016 - 11am to 2pm

Spring woodland play

22, 29 February, 7, 14, 21 March 2016 - Choose from the two sessions – 10am to 12 noon or 12.45pm to 2.45pm.

Nature club for children

19 December, 16 January, 20 February, 19 December, 2052016 - 10am to 12 noon


Parking: Thank you for paying the cost to use our car park. This money is used only to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.
Dogs: Allowed
Picnics: Yes
Green Flag Award: Yes

For children

Danbury Country Park runs several popular clubs for children, including:

Wild Wednesday
Nature Club
Woodland Play

These activities help children make the most of what parks can offer and build a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors.


You can fish at the Lower lake (the most western lake, south of the wildflower meadow), between 16 June and 14 March from 8.30am until dusk.

Make sure you have a rod license and buy your day permit from the Ranger at the lake.

Fishing is not allowed in the Mid lake and Top lake.


The park’s accessible, well-maintained hard-surface tracks are great for walking. There are plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.

The lakeside path takes you alongside the tranquil waters where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.


Do you have a passion for the countryside? Try out conservation volunteering at Danbury Country Park. Take part in a range of interesting and essential activities, such as coppicing, hedge-laying and meadow-raking. Find out more about our conservation volunteers.


There are public toilets, including disabled facilities, near the Woods car park and at the Mid lake.

For schools

Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.

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